Robert Heinecken and the art of appropriation

by Matthew Biro | 29 March 2022
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The first comprehensive study of the artist Robert Heinecken and his critical views on the culture of mass media This is the first book-length study dedicated to the artist Robert Heinecken, whose innovative photographic practices sought to interrogate how mass media imagery facilitated the construction of individual and collective identities. Appropriating, rephotographing, and layering pictures culled from newspapers, advertisements, pornography, and television, Heinecken recombined and transformed the ubiquitous images of mass culture to encourage viewers to critically reflect on their sense of self.  From the 1960s through the late 1990s, Heinecken's controversial art continually challenged inherited ideas around consumerism, the facticity of reportage, and visual culture's relationship to gender and identity politics. Embodying the evolution of contemporary art toward increasingly hybrid and conceptual approaches, his oeuvre includes examples of painting, sculpture, photomontage, performance, installation, time-based media, and artist's books, all of which collectively exploit photography's reproducibility to subvert society's dominant ideologies and stereotypical modes of representation. Author Matthew Biro presents an exhaustive look at Heinecken's life and art, locating him within a lineage that encompasses the activities of the early twentieth-century avant-gardes and the postmodern strategies of the Pictures Generation artists. Assessing his career within the specific political and historical contexts from which he gleaned his material, and illustrated throughout with vibrant full-color reproductions of his art, this in-depth examination demonstrates Robert Heinecken's significance as a key figure of twentieth-century art and an incisive commentator on modern life in America. 
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The first comprehensive study of the artist Robert Heinecken and his critical views on the culture of mass media This is the first book-length study dedicated to the artist Robert Heinecken, whose innovative photographic practices sought to interrogate how mass media imagery facilitated the construction of individual and collective identities. Appropriating, rephotographing, and layering pictures culled from newspapers, advertisements, pornography, and television, Heinecken recombined and transformed the ubiquitous images of mass culture to encourage viewers to critically reflect on their sense of self.  From the 1960s through the late 1990s, Heinecken's controversial art continually challenged inherited ideas around consumerism, the facticity of reportage, and visual culture's relationship to gender and identity politics. Embodying the evolution of contemporary art toward increasingly hybrid and conceptual approaches, his oeuvre includes examples of painting, sculpture, photomontage, performance, installation, time-based media, and artist's books, all of which collectively exploit photography's reproducibility to subvert society's dominant ideologies and stereotypical modes of representation. Author Matthew Biro presents an exhaustive look at Heinecken's life and art, locating him within a lineage that encompasses the activities of the early twentieth-century avant-gardes and the postmodern strategies of the Pictures Generation artists. Assessing his career within the specific political and historical contexts from which he gleaned his material, and illustrated throughout with vibrant full-color reproductions of his art, this in-depth examination demonstrates Robert Heinecken's significance as a key figure of twentieth-century art and an incisive commentator on modern life in America. 
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